This was GREAT!! I added the Dream Whip/Raspberry frosting as suggested above and topped with fresh raspberries and drizzled chocolate syrup over it. I also added chocolate chips to the batter, as per my husband (the birthday boy)'s request. I recommend tiny chips instead of regular sized ones, b/c the regular ones took away from the texture of the rest of the cake when biting into it.
The meat was ok, but DO NOT use Guinness Extra Stout as the beer. The carrots were absolutely horrible cooked in that.
I was skeptical about all the butter, but it was fine. I didn't have any idea how to use the leeks I'd gotten at the farmer's market and this was great. I threw in a bunch of extra vegetables, too and it make a wonderful chowder. I followed the directions until the potatoes. Once I had the hot leek/broth mixture I threw it in the crock pot over raw cubed potatoes. High for 1 one hour, then low until you want to eat it. I used the immersion blender once it was all cooked to make it smoother. Will make again.!